Speaking in Calgary on 10 April 2012, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced plans to create a new category of immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program. The category, which is to be called the FSW Skilled Trades program, has been crafted as a way to streamline the immigration process for tradespersons with critical skills that are acutely needed in Canada.

Through this new stream of immigration, the current Canadian administration hopes to address growing labour shortages in industries such as construction and natural resources. It is argued that the present structure of the FSW application process is not equipped to fairly assess applicants with specialties in such fields.

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